The Hindi film industry is having a great run at the box office in 2019. The first three quarters did a business of approximately Rs 3800 crore with the release of films like Uri: The Surgical Strike, Gully Boy, Kesari, Kabir Singh, Mission Mangal and more. With Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s War giving a good start to the last quarter of the year, Bollywood is expected to wrap up 2019 on a positive note.
Siddharth Anand’s action drama War, which had Hrithik and Tiger pitted against each other, released on the holiday of Gandhi Jayanti and broke several box office records. It became the film with the biggest opening day collection in the history of Hindi cinema. It earned a record-breaking Rs 53.35 crore on day one and became the highest opener of Hrithik and Tiger’s careers and also the highest opener on a national holiday. The total collection of the film stands at Rs 309.25 crore.
Commenting on the film’s impressive performance at the box office, film trade analyst Taran Adarsh had written on Twitter, “2019 has been a fantastic year for #Bollywood and the super success of #War reiterates the fact that *well made* biggies – targeted at PAN India audience – will always be embraced warmly by the paying public… Expecting #YRF to green light #War2 soon.”
Film trade analyst Girish Johar said, after War’s success, he is expecting 2019 to have a record-breaking end. Comparing October of 2018 with October 2019, he told indianexpress.com, “We have 10-15 per cent upswing vis-a-vis last year. Last year, it was Badhaai Ho and Andhadhun which worked in October. This year War alone has performed exceptionally well and has entered Rs 300 crore club. Now with a good start to October and some big releases lined up for November and December, we are expecting a perfect end to 2019 at the box office.”
However, apart from War, no other film managed to set the cash registers ringing. Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar’s The Sky Is Pink (Rs 20.03 crore) and Saif Ali Khan starrer Laal Kaptaan (Rs 2.36 crore) proved to be duds. The Diwali week releases – Saand Ki Aankh, Made In China and Housefull 4 – could not contribute much to the total box office collection of the month.
“Though this quarter got a good start, I expected it to be 15 per cent plus which has been a trend from the last three quarters. It was a complex time for movies that were released around Diwali since people were busy with the festivities. However, in terms of numbers, it was a subdued Diwali at the box office. Now that people are done with the festivities, the movie business will open up and Housefull 4 should have a stable box office,” Girish said.
For now, the box office collection of comedy caper Housefull 4 stands at Rs 111.82 crore. Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar’s Saand Ki Aankh is also picking up post-Diwali and has minted Rs 8.51 crore until now. Made In China, featuring Rajkummar Rao and Mouni Roy, has earned Rs 6.75 crore within four days of its release.
Not only Bollywood releases, Hollywood movie Joker also contributed to a decent start of the last quarter. The Joaquin Phoenix starrer registered a collection of Rs 55.40 crore in India. Girish shared, “Joker has performed fantastically well. Being an English film and an adult film, it crossed Rs 55 crore mark and is still doing strong.” With Joker’s success in the Indian market, he observed, “A good film always works irrespective of a limited release (Joker released in 400-450 screens), A certificate from the censor board and the language barrier. For me, Joker is a fantastic trend changer.”
November and December will see the release of some big-ticket films like Dabangg 3, Bala, Good Newzz, Pati Patni Aur Woh and more.